Do most pharmacies charge for the flavoring service?
Yes. Most pharmacies charge $2.99 per flavoring they perform.
Our customers are interested until they hear that it costs Extra.
We have found that once customers try a medication with flavoring they see the value in avoiding wrestling matches with their kids and having medicine spit out. The small fee for flavoring is a nice insurance to avoiding script changes, calls to the Doctor, and extra co-pays.
Why do I have to pay an annual certification fee?
FLAVORx is not a static program. We work hard every day to make the FLAVORx service as beneficial to your pharmacy as it possibly can be. From continually researching new flavoring opportunities and perfecting our existing recipes, to providing the very best marketing, training and technical support, we earn your business. An investment in FLAVORx is a long-term investment in your pharmacy. To stay up to date with FLAVORx and industry news check out our blog.
What are the most commonly flavored pediatric medications?
Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Azithromycin, Tamiflu & Cleocin are a few of the more commonly flavored drugs. Nearly all liquid medications can be flavored with FLAVORx.
Can FLAVORx flavorings be added to over-the-counter (OTC) medications as well as prescription medications?
Yes. Many over-the-counter medications are tough to swallow such as Tussin, Cough n Cold medicine, and even Mylanta. FLAVORx can make the task of administering many of these OTC products much more palatable, and the recipes are included in the online formulary as well as preprogramed in the Fillmaster Plus.
What prescriptions cannot be flavored?
Retonovir and Kaletra are two very fragile drugs and it is not currently recommended adding flavoring to these medications.
How long will a bottle of flavor last me?
Our 1 oz. pediatric flavor bottles will flavor about 18 prescriptions.
Which FLAVORx flavors are the most requested?
Among children, bubblegum, grape, strawberry and watermelon are the most commonly requested flavors. Kits contain the most often requested flavors.
How can I order more flavors?
You have a few options. You can call us at 800-884-5771 to order what you need, fax us an order form at 240-223-1099 or email us at email@example.com. Many distributors carry our flavors as well. Don’t wait until you run out! Call when a bottle has about ¼ of its flavor remaining.
What should I do if my distributor says they are out of a FLAVORx product?
You have a few options. You can call us at 800-884-5771 to order what you need, fax us an order form at 240-223-1099 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do I need to flavor medications with FLAVORx flavors if most medications already come flavored?
Flavored and palatable are two different things. FLAVORx makes medication palatable in a range of flavors from which a child can choose. When a child chooses their favorite flavor, they are mentally more prepared to take a medication because they had a voice in the process. Even medications like Amoxicillin are candidates for flavoring. You’d be amazed at how many kids prefer grape or strawberry over bubblegum. FLAVORx recipes are designed to override the existing taste of a medication for maximum compliance. Also, a service like flavoring is what builds customer loyalty to your pharmacy. By offering to help your patients improve their compliance, you are offering them a solution to improve their healthcare.
How do we flavor a medication if it already comes with a flavor in it?
Our recipes are designed to completely mask the existing flavor from the manufacturer without affecting the efficacy of the drug.
Do FLAVORx flavorings alter the effectiveness of or change the strength of a drug or medicine?
The addition of FLAVORx does not affect the stability or efficacy of a medication. We regularly conduct ongoing Ph, Compatibility, Organoleptic, and stability studies. To ensure that there are no interactions with our flavors and new drugs, tests show that FLAVORx does not impact the stability of medicines. To date, and over 60 million prescriptions later we have never received any client reports of a negative interaction.
When medicine tastes good, is there a risk of a child taking too much?
Our goal at FLAVORx is to make medicines more palatable so that children will take them, but not to make medicines flavored with FLAVORx taste like candy. We were supported by the American Poison Control Centers on this notion. It is still recommended to always keep medicines out of the reach of children and in a lock-top container.
Is FLAVORx flavors used only for children's medications?
No. The problem of administering unpalatable medicine is not unique to children. Many adults, including elderly patients, have similar problems. For this reason, there are many medications listed in the FLAVORx Formulary geared toward adult and geriatric patients. There is also a Veterinary System available that allows companion pets to get medicine treated with their favorite flavor like Grilled Tuna or Red Angus Beef.
When there is a lack of compliance in pediatric patients, isn't it really a discipline problem?
Not in the majority of cases. Many medications taste unpleasant and children can have up to 100 times more taste buds than adults. When a child gags and throws up his medicine, it is an intense taste issue rather than a discipline problem. Drugs are made to help people get better but if a drug cannot be ingested it will not become bio-available.
What is in FLAVORx flavors?
There are no active ingredients in the flavors. There is a combination of natural and artificial flavors. For a complete list of ingredients by flavor please call, 800-884-5771
What is the Bitterness Suppressor?
The bitterness suppressor is a FLAVORx proprietary product that balances the bitterness of medicines through delayed-release molecules. Designed to work on any product with a bitter aftertaste, it is especially effective on Codeine and Hydrocodone.
Is the Sweetening Enhancer necessary?
The Sweetening Enhancer is all natural and 100x sweeter than table sugar. This product works well in combination with the Bitterness Suppressor and is extremely successful with antibiotics such as Augmentin, Biaxin, and Ceftin.
Are FLAVORx flavors Kosher?
Grape, lemon, raspberry, watermelon are Kosher.
Are FLAVORx flavors gluten-free, and casein-free?
Yes. All of our flavors are gluten-free and casein-free.
Where can I find recipes to flavor the medication?
Existing FLAVORx customers can find all recipes a few different ways. One way is online at: www.flavorfast.com. Another way is to call us at 800-884-5771 and ask if you have a Fillmaster Plus you can scan the barcode on the medication bottle and the scanner will read the NDC code.
How do I update my chip in my Fillmaster Plus?
New information chips are sent to pharmacies a few times a year. If you are missing a recipe or need a new chip please contact us at 800-884-5771 or email us at email@example.com